(Silvertone (2003) 41843-2)
12 tracks, 49 minutes.
by Craig Ruskey
Review date: November 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
It's possible that Buddy Guy wants to be more of a chameleon like Eric Clapton, or maybe it's that Buddy doesn't quite know what he wants anymore. One thing is certain, this is not the Buddy Guy we knew before. Doing Mississippi Hill Country blues on Sweet Tea proved to be less than his best, and with Blues Singer he strips back for an acoustic set that could get tedious after a few spins even though B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and James Mathus guest. Guy's version of Skip James' Hard Time Killing Floor is a fine effort with some excellent singing, but Can't See Baby, Black Cat Blues, Louise McGhee, and Bad Life Blues don't move much. I Love The Life I Live gets a good reading with Guy tipping his hat to Muddy Waters but John Lee Hooker's Sally Mae just sits there. Unlike Muddy's excellent Folk Singer LP from the 1960s (which Guy played on), Buddy's attempt to generate the same sort of lowdown acoustic atmosphere just doesn't come across as potently. This isn't Buddy at his worst, but for his best, you'll probably want to look at his historic efforts of the 1950s and 60s.
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